Somerville Gallery and the Coronavirus

Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have taken the sensible precaution to suspend formal opening hours of the Somerville Gallery in Otley. Whilst the foot count of visitors is usually not very heavy in a concentrated fashion, the nature of the screen panelling is such that close contact with other people is inevitable.

Should anyone wish to visit the Gallery we are quite happy to accommodate by appointment only for the time being.

By telephoning Ian or Jayne directly at the studio in Burley in Wharfedale : 01943 864349 arrangements can be made to suit most circumstances.

Ian will work solely from the studio for the time being.

We will keep the website updated with news as it develops and please don’t forget that most products can be distributed on line.

Ian Enjoys a Morning at Ghyll Royd

Thursday morning saw Ian and Rhiannon attend the school to make two group presentations on art and the Burley painting.

He was indebted to the support and professionalism of Rebecca Wilson and art teacher, Keeley Smith who made the visit a joy for everyone.

After a brief explanation of the background to painting, Ian introduced his own style with a request to vote on the work they preferred. The choice was between Ian and DaVinci which provided a free card for the right answer.

The children then got to work in groups with a canvas of Cry From The Edge and a competition began to identify the animals.

Recent research has identified 80 such animal icons in the painting and the winning group shot 67 in 15 minutes! Needless to say all the groups received a card of the painting.

We are hoping to provide ongoing support for the school who are committed to a very strong development program through Keeley.